1. Genetic origins of skin and lung cancer pinpointed.

    24 December 2009

    It is common knowledge that many forms of cancer have environmental as well as genetic components: for skin cancer, overexposure to sunlight can trigger its development. Lung cancer, of course, is blamed on smoking for lengthy periods of time. However, sometimes the genetic component can express itself without external assistance. Thus, it is worth noting that the genetic mutations which cause these two afflictions have been pinpointed by geneticists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute of the United Kingdom. The errors are very specific and should be readily detectable with a genetic workup. Something which I find surprising is the …

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  2. So, where have I been since Snowpocalypse '09?

    24 December 2009

    Much of the DC metroplex is still digging out from under what has been dubbed Snowpocalypse 2009. At least where I live, the main roads are in pretty good shape, albeit they're down about three feet of clearance so they're more like one-and-a-half lanes in both directions. The side and back streets haven't really been plowed and are still touch and go should you need to drive on them. Generally speaking, unless stoplights are involved the snow removal strategy seems to consist of sunlight melting the snow, brave drivers breaking up the ice as they go, and the powers that …

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  • Snowpocalypse 2009: Aftermath

    21 December 2009

    This morning I took a short drive around my neighborhood to survey what damage I could from my car. I didn't take too many pictures because, frankly, it's not safe to drive and try to take pictures at the same time. The apartment complex Lyssa and I live in seems to have suffered damage to only a couple of evergreen trees, but seeing as how I haven't gone hiking to see what was going on I don't feel comfortable being quite so optimistic.

    You can view the photographs here.

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  • Boosting the signal for Peter Watts.

    19 December 2009

    The Net is still on fire about what happened to Dr. Peter Watts a few days ago on his way back to Canada. Not too long ago, someone posted in Dr. Watts' blog that they witnessed the whole thing on the bridge that day, and Dr. Watts desperately wants that person or people to contact his lawyer (Doug Mullkoff) at phone number 734-761-8585. It's very important, and relevant to his impending trial.

    Spread the word, and more importantly spread that link!

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  • Snowpocalypse 2009.

    19 December 2009

    After my utter failure to get to the store to stock up for the winter storm that I didn't expect would actually happen (cynical cat screwed the pooch this time), Hasufin and Mika cleared some space for me at their place while I packed up enough kit to last me a day or two. Nothing major, you understand, but there's a good chance that I won't be able to get home until Sunday night so I figured that I'd better be prepared. Hasufin and Mika are more than ready for the blanket of snow that brought the DC metroplex to …

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